Textured Gesso

Now that you have discovered some effective ways to gesso a canvas, how about adding some texture in your next layer.  There are several ways to do this.

I found a great detailed account using gesso and texture paste by Creative Flair Scrapbooking.  I really love their album of steps and finished painting.

And if you want to do it in 50 seconds, Amy Pearce can show you something simple in her video.


Gesso Fun

I am often inspired by other artists and try to discover how they created that wonderful “thing.”  In some cases you can look and discover, other times it is trial and error, and sometimes you are lucky enough that they have are willing to teach you.

In the theme of discovering gesso, I have been thinking about not only adding color to gesso but texture as well.  The more attention to detail I can add at the beginning takes my paintings that one step further.  I was reading the Blog Art and Cupcakes and ran across this great post:  Fun with Gesso – Color Love #27

There are three great techniques highlighted in this Blog that I recommend trying:  “Thin application of Gesso with a Stencil,” “Thick application of Gesso With a Stencil” and “Paintbrush Application of Gesso.”

Thanks to Art and Cupcakes for sharing!!

Adding Color to Gesso

Mix some of you acrylic paint into your gesso and never have to worry about a white canvas again!

This trick works wonders and there are several companies that make colored gesso if you don’t want to mix uisng your paints, like Holbein Acryla.  And if you like the color, try the black gesso!  It really adds contrast to your paintings.

Holbein Acryla Colored Gesso
Holbein Acryla Colored Gesso

Gesso Techniques

Paper prepared with gesso.
Paper prepared with gesso and then acrylic and ink layered on top.

It is interesting to see how other artists work in the same mediums. I found artist Will Kemp and read about how he dilutes his layers of gesso from thin to thick. This layering technique will create a smooth surface on your canvas. If you want to check out how to do this visit his website.

Prepare your surface with gesso and enjoy painting on top of it!